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California Crown clothing company was founded by Jay Perlman, left, and his business partner Misu Minhaz. Both men graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012. Photos courtesy of Jay Perlman.

Alumnus nurtures an idea and grows a business with the help of his Trojan community

March 2, 2016

When Jay Perlman rolled out of bed one morning in 2013, he saw a notification in his email that a new order had been placed to California Crown, his fledgling online clothing company. When he logged in to the site to take a…

Each solar year isn't exactly 365.25 days long, so it's not quite correct to add a day every four years. When a year is divisible by 100, but not by 400, leap day is skipped.

The perks and trials of having a birthday every four years

February 28, 2016

Most of you probably know that 2016 is a leap year, but did you know that leap day doesn’t occur quite every four years? When a year is divisible by 100, but not by 400, leap day is skipped. For instance, there was…

A MERIT applicant presents her poster on health care disparity to Tyler Mains and other applicants during the Medical Leadership Course — MERIT's selection process — in January 2014. Photos courtesy of Tyler Mains.

USC Dornsife alumnus aims to eradicate educational and health-care inequalities

February 24, 2016

Assigned to teach biology in a Baltimore, Md., high school, Teach For America corps member and USC Dornsife alumnus Tyler Mains was shocked by how far many of his students were trailing academically and angry about the…

Alumnus and USC Dornsife professor Jonathan Kellerman is the best-selling author of 47 books. Photo by Joan Allen.

Novelist Jonathan Kellerman explains how his psychology training informs his writing

February 22, 2016

In 1974, Jonathan Kellerman, then a graduate student in psychology at USC Dornsife, was driving to work at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, where he was interning, when he passed a sign in the window of an antique store…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

February 12, 2016

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

Inaugural summit helps first-gen students identify resources and opportunities

February 9, 2016

For the approximately 15 percent of USC undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college, navigating university life can sometimes be stressful, confusing or mysterious. A first-ever daylong summit at USC…

Director Edoardo Ponti ’94 premiered his cinematic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play <em>Human Voice</em> at the 2014 Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. The short film stars his mother Sophia Loren and was shot on location in Rome and Naples, Italy. Photo by Jon Fauer ©Film and Digital Times.

‘Subsidize the Truth about You’

February 8, 2016

“Every time I write a poem, I read it hearing your voice in my mind,” confesses Edoardo Ponti to David St. John. “And if it sounds like you could read it — that the words fit your vocal pattern —…

USC Joint Educational Project (JEP) manager DJ Kast watching the Northern Lights during a trip to Iceland in December. Photo by Roee Fung.

One of Forbes’ ‘30 under 30,’ Dieuwertje Kast is educating next-gen STEM leaders.

January 25, 2016

Resplendent in a dress patterned with the periodic table of elements, there can be no doubt that Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast is passionate about her subject. Recently recognized as one of Forbes’ 2016 “30…

USC Dornsife alumnus Doug Hauck, left, works alongside his assistant winemaker to push down grapes during the fermentation process at Midnight Cellars Winery & Vineyard. Photo credit ©Mark Rightmire, <em>The Orange County Register</em>.

Dentist-turned-vintner turns a dream into reality

January 19, 2016

When I spoke with Doug Hauck recently, he was in the middle of two crown appointments, a couple of teeth cleanings and an implant at his Newport Beach dental office. All in a day’s work for the USC Dornsife alumnus,…

Curtis Kin in his office at the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

January 6, 2016

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…